Corasoides occidentalisCommon name: Platform Spider
Distribution: Reported from the southwest of Western Australia.
Remarks: This spider had a body length of approximately 20 millimetres. We have photographed this spider in March, November and December.
Platform spiders construct a horizontal web with a retreat constructed in adjacent vegetation. They are nocturnal and won’t venture out of the retreat during daylight. Prey doesn’t stick to the web, so the spider rushes out to subdue it immediately the web is touched.
References: Atlas of Living Australia https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/babedf46-96f6-42b5-b817-963228c553c1#overview
A Guide to the Spiders of Australia. Volker W Framenau, Barbara C Baehr and Paul Zborowski. 2014
Identification courtesy of David Knowles.
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